Francisco Alves – Aquarela do Brasil (1939)

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Francisco Alves

Simply known as ‘Brazil’ once Disney got hold of it in 1942, Ary Barroso’s ‘Aquarela do Brasil’ was first sung by Francisco Alves a few years earlier. It has since become a samba standard covered by the international great and good, including Jimmy Dorsey, Sinatra, João Gilberto, Tom Jobim. I will always associate it with Terry Gilliam’s movie Brazil – it provided the theme throughout. It now provides a start to a week to celebrate the World Cup.

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